Georgia has begun her education in to Myofascial release. Having recently passed the introduction into the theory and application of indirect myofascial release, and touching upon direct methods of release, which are to be encorporated into equine therapy practice. Georgia undertook the CPD course at Jo Rose's, Rose holistic therapies and training school.
A brief introduction to fascia....
Fascia is a tough membrane which covers the whole body, it envelops and separates everything in the body and its main job is to provide protection and to communicate with the central nervous system.
Fascia is the first point of call for the horses sensory system, it picks up on the slightest change from temperature, to injury and has the ability to control the horses movement before the nervous system is even aware (fight, flight or freeze mechanism). With the ability to stretch and move without limitation, and have the nerve production of approximately 20 metres per second, Fascia is a complex system of highly working tissue.
Fascia has three layers to be aware of, the superficial layer which is what the skin glides on and fills the unoccupied spaces, then there is the deep fascia which covers bones, muscles and tendons, to the doufascial which covers and protects the brain and the spinal cord.
The start of Myofascial release...
When the fascia gets stuck (what we know as having knots or trigger points) it leads to water being pushed out of the area via emotional and physical stress, this results in the collagen fibres shortening and contracting together making crosslinks, this results in compressed capillaries; the end result being pain and imbalances caused by the nerves in the area. To release this you channel the electromagnetic charge within the body to relax, allowing the collagen fibres to re-organise the line of strain, to allow rehydration of the tissue and to release the crosslinks.
Using MFR techniques in treatments: the problem that is found within the area could be a biproduct of emotional or physical distress, so when using MFR in treatments it is always recommended to explain that the body has ways of dealing with such issues; the phase 'muscle memory' comes in use here. The body is so clever to adapt and 'forget' about problems or pains that over time the restriction becomes so deep. Releasing those issues creates an unwinding affect. Myofascial release gives the body the space it needs to feel comfortable to let go of past traumas. The body often will move until the desired position of trust in attained and can free itself, resulting in unwinding.
Myofascial release is a slow type of treatment, but the benefits are very rewarding, devloping energy work and exploring the subconsciousness ideolgy within treatmets. Georgia will be using MFR in her sessions with the consent of the owners, to develop and stregthen her abilties. The second part of the MFR module will be in May 2020 at Holistic training and therapy school.
There is still so much to learn regarding fascia, more and more scientific research is being provided, but beginning to have a understanding to the matrix is a start. Georgia will be more than happy to answer any questions regarding what she has learnt so far.